Whether you choose to go all-inclusive, half board or full board, trying Mallorca’s signature dishes is a must. There’s enough main courses and snacks to suit everyone’s spending budgets and you don’t have to go far from your hotel to try them!
We’ll start with snacks and light meals. These are very good for when you want a light meal for your beach picnic and you’ll have the advantage of saying you’ve tried something traditionally Mallorcan whilst at the same time not going over budget.
Sobrasada is a cured sausage made of minced pork, paprika and other spices; you could call it a pork pâté. Like duck pâté to the French, this pork pâté is adored by Mallorcans. You’ll find it everywhere: in bakeries, restaurants and markets and it’s normally teamed with Mallorcan bread. Buy a parcel of it from Maysa bakery (a few doors down from our Pirates Village Apartments resort) along with some freshly baked bread and then stroll down to Santa Ponsa beach for a lunchtime picnic.
Contrarily, if you’re not the biggest meat lover, or maybe a vegetarian, at the same bakery you’ll find Coca de trampò with no better way to describe it than a healthy pizza. With the absence of cheese, the dough base is topped with tomato purée and then loaded with vegetables like green peppers and onions. Cheaper than a normal sandwich, this dish is an ideal addition to your picnic.
Pa amb oli is an interesting dish due to its simplicity and history. Pa amb oli is basically Mallorcan bread with tomato, olive oil and salt lain on top. You can also add extra toppings like cold cuts and cheese. It sounds extremely simple and it is! But it also has an important history: in the past, during the years when the economy struggled, this dish became popular because of its easy-to-get ingredients. Cheap but filling. Some would say it’s similar to Britain when people were living on rations, paving the way for beans on toast.
Now onto the main dishes… Frito mallorquin is one of those dishes that when you know what’s inside you might not want to eat it but when you try it you’ll be glad you have. It contains: a combination of meat (typically pork or lamb), intestine, liver, tomato, peppers, onion and potato all fried in olive oil and garlic. Like we said, it doesn’t sound the most appetising but your tastebuds will thank you for it.
Pork is a fundamental aspect of Mallorcan culture. Many of its traditional dishes (like the abovementioned sobrasada) are made from pork. In fact, it’s the main dish for their Christmas dinner: Porcella (suckling pig). Placed on a bed of garnished roast potatoes, this meaty dish fills the room with mouth-watering aroma and will have you impatiently waiting for your Christmas dinner. But it doesn’t have to be the festive season for you to try this traditional dish. One of the best places for suckling pig in Mallorca is el Ceibo in Santa Ponsa which is only about a 10 minutes walk from our Jutlandia Family Resort hotel. This is ideal for when you want to enjoy a nice meal out on your holiday and looking to try the local dishes.
Arròs Brut is another one for the books. Translated into ‘dirty rice’, with its varied ingredients this casserole is Mallorca’s most nutritious typical dish. It contains rice, a mix of vegetables and different meats all brewed together to make a delicious hot dish. Guaranteed to keep you full for the rest of day!
Finally we have Caragols which are escargots. Yes, snails typically originate from France but Mallorca puts its own spin on them by combining them with the famous aioli which is a dip made from olive oil and garlic and is renowned all over Spain. The dip can also be used as a snack when spread on Mallorcan bread or crackers which can be served as an appetiser at a restaurant when you’re waiting for your main course.
So vegetarians, meat and fish lovers get ready to get stuck in and discover a world of new flavours!